10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  20​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mal Pais
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h
Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
Chicago

2
days
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Shopping

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El Toledo Coffee Tour
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
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Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 14th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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Mal Pais

Mal Pais
To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mal Pais trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Jaco to Mal Pais in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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2
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally stroll through Playa Conchal.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo tour planner.

You can drive from Mal Pais to Tamarindo in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Liberia travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Liberia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

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